The Duchess of Cambridge looks set to have a May baby.
Kate was expecting to give birth to her second child in mid to late April, but she is several days overdue and still waiting for the baby to put in an appearance.
The birth of the royal baby – who will be fourth in line to the throne, the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and a younger brother or sister for Prince George – is edging closer to the bank holiday weekend and the General Election on May 7, which is just a week away.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary quietly on Wednesday at Kensington Palace, as well as taking time for a visit to Buckingham Palace.
The royal baby has captured the imagination of punters who are increasingly favouring Charlotte as the name a girl may be given.
Alice had been the most backed name, but Paddy Power has now made the female version of Charles their favourite after a string of bets, cutting the odds from 7/1 down to 9/4.
Meanwhile, William Hill still has Alice in the top spot at 6/4 with Charlotte following close behind with its odds cut from 11/2 to 4/1.
One of the royal fans camped outside the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, is celebrating his 80th birthday on Thursday. Terry Hutt, from Weston-super-Mare, who has been waiting at the hospital for more than week, is hoping the baby will be delivered on the same day he was born in 1935.
King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, actor Leslie Grantham and actress Kirsten Dunst were all born on April 30, as was the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.
April 30 this year is also the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.